Perfectionism: Practical ways parents can help their children avoid the perils of perfection

Perfectionism: Practical ways parents can help their children avoid the perils of perfection

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The pressure our kids feel to be perfect pervades our culture. It’s exhausting, stress inducing, can affect mental health and stops us all from being our best selves.  Perfectionism, the unrelenting pursuit of the unattainable, can be tough to manage at the best of times, but when a child’s world turns upside down through a family breakup, it can be especially difficult for those who might find flexibility, adapting to change and shining a positive light on a tough situation more of a challenge.

Join our workshop where we’ll look at how to spot perfectionist tendencies, examine the pitfalls and set out five strategies to help combat perfectionist thinking including teaching self-awareness, a growth mindset and learning to embrace mistakes. These strategies help children to be courageous, confident, and authentic versions of themselves and build resilience to adapt to change and manage uncertainty.

Trainer:

Heather Rutherford

Heather is a parenting coach, founder of The Parenting Partnership, parenting consultant to the school’s advisory service Talk Education, and a Care for the Family facilitator.

Heather’s mission is to share practical effective positive parenting skills that not only help parents raise happy, confident and resilient children but that transform family lives.  In all her work, she draws on the latest research as well as her own experience of parenting three unique and sometimes challenging children while guiding her family through cancer and divorce.

Her goal is to empower parents with skills that include an understanding of temperament, growth mindset, emotional intelligence and positive discipline,  that help them feel confident, calm and deeply connected to their children.

She has a particular interest in using these positive parenting skills to help families through the challenges of separation and divorce.